Manon Slomkowski was in a serious motorcycle accident last March that left her unable to use her left arm. The condition, brachial plexus palsy, means she has severely damaged nerves that control the arm, causing her not only loss of motion but also severe pain.
In an email to The Huffington Post, the 20-year-old said, “What I find most difficult today is how to bear the phantom limb pain.” The syndrome can make the person feel like they’re experiencing repeated electric shocks.
“At first, I had a hard time doing things by myself and everything felt painful, every movement or gesture. I couldn’t find pleasure in doing anything,” she said. But having found techniques to help relieve the pain and build boundless inner strength, she manages.
“I am teaching myself every day how to support myself, how to find solutions,” Slomkowski said, and amazingly, she hasn’t let it stop her from doing her beauty routine.
Watch how she manages to get dressed, put her hair up, file and paint her nails, and do other daily activities we take for granted. What an inspiration.